Barwon Health and Deakin University Research and Grand Round Webinar Series

This month the Barwon Health and Deakin University Research and Grand Round Webinar Series presented the Rural Health & Research Showcase delivered by Vin Versace, Anna Wong Shee and IHT’s Laura Alston. Watch the recording on Zoom. Passcode: 98G%v=Xn

Understanding young people experiencing climate anxiety

IHT PhD student, Hasini Gunasiri published a blog post about how we can understand and support young people experiencing climate change. Read the blog on the IHT website.  

Getting up, standing up and showing up for Indigenous authors in research

During NAIDOC Week, Murnong Health Research Mob members Dr Mark Lock and Dr Jennifer Browne wrote a blog post about ICIRAS, an Indigenous Cultural Identity of Research Authors Standard and changes to editorial rules in three rural health journals. The journals now require research published about Indigenous peoples to include Indigenous peoples as authors, or evidence to be provided of Indigenous peoples’ genuine engagement in all the stages of the research process, including crafting the manuscript. Read the blog on the IHT website.


Emerging leaders share bright ideas at Prevention Centre and CERI symposium

IHT’s Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson assisted in the organising the recent Emerging Leaders Symposium, hosted online on 20 July. The symposium brought together emerging researchers, policy makers and practitioners to enhance impact and advocacy in prevention of chronic disease.

Read more about the symposium on The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre’s website. Presentations from the symposium are also available on the Prevention Centre’s website, including a presentation from IHT’s Professor Steve Allender on fostering good systems leadership for prevention.

Deakin Health E-technologies Assessment Lab release final report

The Deakin Health E-technologies Assessment Lab (D-HEAL) team have released their final report, which details the development of a comprehensive general health app evaluation framework. Find the report on the IHT website.

IHT researchers among the most read Deakin-led articles on The Conversation

In the past 12 months The Conversation have published 179 articles by Deakin researchers and academics. Through their website and republishing partners, the articles reached more than 8.8 million readers across the globe. Sixty-five per cent of readers of Deakin articles were from countries outside Australia. IHT researchers were authors or co-authors in 4 of the 9 most read articles, and those articles were read more than 940,000 times.

If you’re interested in pitching something to The Conversation, a pitch template is available on the Members’ Portal. Contact Brydie Nielson ( for more information.  

ADAPT report points to positive signs for health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria.

IHT was thrilled to launch The Aboriginal Data and Action on Prevention Together (ADAPT) report with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) this month. The report provides valuable insights into the nutrition, physical activity and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in regional Victoria. Key findings from the report include:

  • 76% are eating the recommended amount of fruit each day,
  • 21% are eating the recommended amount of vegetables each day,
  • 79% reported eating take away foods once per week or less, and
  • 53% had a healthy weight.


Congratulations to Victoria Hobbs and Dr Jaithri Ananthapavan.

Victoria has received a Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Development Awards to complete the Cultivating Power and Influence to Make an Impact course at Harvard Business School, and Jaithri has passed her PhD examination with no corrections!